Zunächst sah es so aus, als ob Donald Trump von der Zwei-Staaten-Lösung Abstand nehmen und somit eine Änderung der amerikanischen Politik im Nahen Osten einleiten würde. Das hat in Israel nicht nur die Siedlerbewegung ermutigt, sondern auch die Debattenlage im ganzen Land schlagartig verändert. Inzwischen fragt man sich allerdings, ob nicht Trump tatsächlich alles daran setzen wird, einen „Peace-Deal“ zwischen Israelis und Palästinensern zu erreichen.

Latest publication

This is the second annual monitoring report on the conditions of the detention of migrants and asylum seekers held in administrative detention in Israeli facilities. In February 2016, the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants (HRM) published its first annual monitoring report, which focused on the conditions in which migrants were held in detention in 2015.

Environment and Sustainability

March 23rd was the last in a series of 14 day-long sessions billed as "stage one" of the year long Galilee Climate Fellows Program envisioned and implemented by the Town Association (TAEQ) and HBS partner The Heschel Center for Sustainability; in and of itself, a Jewish-Arab cooperation. Launched just a few short months ago, when nobody yet knew what fruits this enigmatic name of a program would bring.


Climate Justice

Can governments and industry be put on trial in climate cases, to ensure the rights of the most vulnerable and future generations? The livelihoods of hundreds of millions could be threatened by unprecedented storms, droughts, floods, and sea-level rise.


Can and should the global climate be regulated by technological means, the so called geoengineering? In our first episode of our podcast "Tipping point" our host took off to hear from experts what these approaches mean for the planet’s environment and society.

Gender and Democracy

With the support of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in 2017, Itach-Maaki initiated a process aiming to create a civil society action plan for the implementation of SDGs in Israel, focused on the mitigation of poverty and inequality, advancing peace and gender equality and a society that is better for its diverse members. The process will include two phases in the year 2017 and will continue through 2018.

The report – a joint publication of Ir Amim and Peace Now – focuses on the rapid escalation of private settlement activity in the heart of Batan al-Hawa, a Palestinian community in Silwan, located just outside the Old City walls within clear sight of Al-Aqsa. Batan al-Hawa is now the site of the largest attempted settler takeover in East Jerusalem, representing not only the large-scale displacement of an entire community but also the complicity of the Israeli government in facilitating private settlement in the Historic Basin. 

Over recent decades, Israel has become a target destination for tens of thousands of migrants: asylum seekers1 fleeing wars, massacres, and oppressive regimes and migrant workers seeking to improve their standard of living. Israeli law permits the detention of any person who does not have status in Israel, provided that the detention is not for a punitive purpose, but serves as a tool intended to enable removal.  

Foreign and regional security policy


Nie waren die Beziehungen zwischen Israel und Russland besser als unter Putin und Netanyahu – in dieser Hinsicht sind sich viele israelische Medien einig. Besonders der anfangs pro-russische Kurs von US Präsident Trump schien dem Verhältnis zusätzlichen Schwung zu verleihen. Doch der erneut entflammte Konflikt in Syrien verdeutlicht, wie trügerisch die vermeintliche Annäherung Russlands und Israels ist: zu gegensätzlich sind die strategischen Interessen beider Staaten in der Region. In diesem Zusammenhang entwickelt sich Syrien zunehmend zur Zerreißprobe für russisch-israelische Beziehungen.


Pro-Israel und antisemitisch – viele rechtsextreme Parteien in Europa scheinen darin keinen Widerspruch zu sehen. Im Zuge ihrer anti-muslimischen Propaganda geben sich Populisten wie Geert Wilders und Viktor Orban pro-Israelisch, während in den Reihen ihrer Parteien Antisemiten sitzen. Wo israelische Flaggen geschwenkt werden, kommt es zu Verharmlosungen des Holocaust. Ein Dilemma für die israelische Regierung, die ihre Beziehungen zu Europas Rechten in Anbetracht deren jüngster Erfolge und Relevanz nun neu überlegt. Die anstehenden Präsidentschaftswahlen in Frankreich verleihen dem Dilemma höchste Brisanz.


The Israeli leadership and public are not excited about the upcoming Paris Mideast peace summit on Sunday. What does the nearly unanimous skepticism mean for the viability of the two-state solution?

German-Israeli Dialogue


Die deutsch-israelischen Literaturtage sollen die Entwicklung von Kultur und Politik beider Länder im Spiegel der Literatur reflektieren. 

In the past few weeks Israelis and Palestinians are facing increased violence. What are the reasons behind this new round of escalation? Have a look at the short movie from our latest discussion.  

This dossier highlights various aspects of change and continuity in U.S.- Israeli relations. The articles address the current diplomatic storm in U.S.-Israeli relations, the changes underway in the Jewish-American community, identity politics and approaches to diversity in the U.S. and Israel, as well as the successes and failures of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists.

Boell Panorama: Politik und Analysen aus Israel

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The Heinrich Boell Stiftung (HBS) is the German green foundation affiliated with the German Green Party. We are a non-profit organization striving to promote environmental justice and sustainable development, gender equality and human rights and to enhance democracy. In addition, we work to promote German-Israeli dialogue and seek to make a contribution in the fields of foreign and security policy. With headquarters in Berlin, Germany, the HBS has 30 offices worldwide and cooperates with local partners in more than 60 countries. 

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